Dissertations

Dissertations: April 30, 2018

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED

Anthropology
Ou, Tzu-Chi. Resigned urbanization: Migration, dwelling, and freedom in contemporary China. Sponsor: Myron Cohen.

Applied Physics
Kim, Chanul. Predicting the temperature-strain phase diagram of VO2 from first principles. Sponsor: Chris Marianetti.

Architecture
Caldeira, Marta. Architecture, history, and the city: Reconceptualizing architectural modernity between Italy and Iberia, 1968-1980. Sponsor: Reinhold Martin.

Art History and Archaeology
Coman-Ernstoff, Sonia Cristina. New values in art: Japanese and Japoniste ceramics, 1866-1904. Sponsor: Anne Higonnet.

Gans, Sofia. "An entire chapel cast and engraved with images": New perspectives on the tomb of St. Sebald in Nuremberg. Sponsor: Stephen Murray.

Scheier-Dolberg, Joseph. Yu Zhiding (1646-1716) and the envisioning of the early Qing world. Sponsor: Robert Harrist.

Biomedical Engineering
Guo, Jia. Measuring slow functional changes with magnetic resonance imaging in normal and abnormal brains. Sponsors: Andrew Laine and Scott Small.

Biomedical Informatics
Da Graca Polubriaginof, Fernanda. Leveraging patient-provided data to improve understanding of disease risk. Sponsor: David Vawdrey.

Business
Choi, Yoonjin. Cultural scope: A new perspective on how organizational culture affects individual performances. Sponsor: Paul Ingram.

Johannesson, Erik. Former insiders' trading. Sponsor: Shivaram Rajgopal.

Li, Nan. Does greater shareholder voting rights reduce the expropriation? Evidence from related party transactions. Sponsors: Fabrizio Ferri and Shivaram Rajgopal.

Papoutsi, Zoi Melina. Essays in empirical corporate finance and banking. Sponsor: Daniel Wolfenzon.

Ren, Qitian. Consumer attention allocation and firm strategies. Sponsor: Kinshuk Jerath.

Chemical Engineering
Erturk, Ece. Photochemical and enzymatic method for DNA methylation profiling and walking approach for increasing read length of DNA sequencing by synthesis. Sponsor: Jingyue Ju.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Lu, Zheng. Feasibility assessment framework for financing public-private partnership infrastructure projects through asset-backed security. Sponsor: Feniosky Pena-Mora.

Communications
Foxman, Maxwell. Playing with virtual reality: Early adopters of commercial immersive technology. Sponsor: Todd Gitlin.

Shure, Caitlin. The brain waves: Oscillations of science, technology, and spirituality. Sponsor: Todd Gitlin.

Computer Science
Sivakorn, Suphannee. Understanding flaws in the deployment and implementation of web encryption. Sponsor: Steven Bellovin.

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Buckelew, Kevin. Inventing Chinese Buddhas: Identity, authority, and liberation in Song-Dynasty Chan Buddhism. Sponsors: Bernard Faure and Zhaohua Yang.

Ganany, Noga. Origin narratives: Reading and reverence in late Ming China. Sponsor: Wei Shang.

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Neelakantan, Amrita. Moving people for tigers: Resettlement, food security, and landscape level conservation in central India. Sponsor: Ruth DeFries.

Economics
Arora, Ashna. Essays in labor and development economics. Sponsors: Suresh Naidu and Bernard Salanie.

Ahn, So Yoon. Matching in marriage market and labor market. Sponsors: Pierre-Andre Chiappori and Bernard Salanie.

Chen, Tuo. Micro-data in macroeconomics. Sponsor: Martin Uribe.

Datta, Bikramaditya. Essays in applied microeconomic theory. Sponsors: Patrick Bolton and Marina Halac.

de Rochambeau, Golvine. Essays on development economics. Sponsor: Eric Verhoogen.

Geng, Tong. Three essays on the economics of education. Sponsors: W. Bentley MacLeod and Miguel Urquiola.

Kim, MeeRoo. Essays on multidimensional private information in the consumer credit market. Sponsor: Bernard Salanie.

Kosenko, Andrew. Essays in economic theory: Strategic communications and information design. Sponsor: Navin Kartik.

Krishnaswamy, Nandita. Essays in development economics. Sponsor: Eric Verhoogen.

Neligh, Nathaniel. Essays on attention and network formation. Sponsors: Alessandra Casella and Mark Dean.

Nguyen, Anh. Essays on asymmetric information. Sponsor: Katherine Ho.

Rappoport, Daniel. Essays in information economics and monotone comparative statics. Sponsors: Navin Kartik and Andrea Prat.

Tian, Lin. Essays in spatial economics. Sponsors: Donald Davis and Jonathan Vogel.

Wu, Xingye. Essays on microeconomic theory. Sponsor: Yeon-Koo Che.

Electrical Engineering
Zhang, Yuqian. Geometry and algorithms for sparse blind deconvolution. Sponsor: John Wright.

English and Comparative Literature
Bo, Lamyu Maria. Writing diplomacy: Translation, politics, and literary culture in the Transpacific Cold War. Sponsors: Rachel Adams and Lydia Liu.

English and Comparative Literature
Crow, Andrea. Ruling appetites: The politics of diet in early modern English literature. Sponsors: Julie Crawford and Molly Murray.

English and Comparative Literature
Gervasio, Nicole. Arts of the impossible: Violence, trauma and erasure in the global South. Sponsor: Marianne Hirsch.

French and Romance Philology
Myers, Sarah. Sensation and the city in Baudelaire and Rimbaud. Sponsor: Antoine Compagnon.

History
Danziger, Anna. Education or welfare? American and British child care policy, 1965-2004. Sponsors: Alice Kessler-Harris and Susan Pedersen.

Lasdow, Kathryn. Spirit of improvement: Construction, conflict, and community in early-national port cities. Sponsor: Elizabeth Blackmar.

Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Kozikoski Valereto, Deneb. Aporias of mobility: Amazonian landscapes between exploration and engineering. Sponsor: Graciela Montaldo.

Velázquez Pérez, Mariana-Cecilia. Travelers, traders and traitors: Mapping and writing piracy in England, Spain and the Caribbean. Sponsor: Patricia Grieve.

Materials Science and Engineering
Shi, Norman. Biological and bioinspired photonic materials for passive radiative cooling and waveguiding. Sponsor: Nanfang Yu.

Mathematics
Arbesfeld, Noah. K-theoretic enumerative geometry and the Hilbert scheme of points on a surface. Sponsor: Andrei Okounkov.

Jiang, Feiqi. Genus bound for a curve with independent gonal morphisms. Sponsor: Aise Johan de Jong.

Li, Qirui. An intersection formula for CM cycles in Lubin-Tate spaces. Sponsor: Wei Zhang.

Pushkar, Petr. Quantum K-theory and the Baxter operator. Sponsor: Andrei Okounkov

Mechanical Engineering
Hou, Chieh. Implementation and validation of finite element framework for passive and active membrane transport in deformable multiphasic models of biological tissues and cells. Sponsor: Gerard Ateshian.

Music
Levitsky, Anne. The song from the singer: Personification, embodiment, and anthropomorphization in troubadour lyric. Sponsor: Susan Boynton.

Music (D.M.A.)
Brook, Taylor. Synergy of form, rhythm, and orchestration in three microtonal compositions. Sponsor: Alfred Lerdahl.

Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling
Torres, Daniela. A new diffusely infiltrating glioma mouse model reveals neuronal alterations in the brain tumor microenvironment. Sponsor: Peter D. Canoll.

Physics
Esposito, Angelo. Low energy physics for the high energy physicist. Sponsor: Alberto Nicolis.

Kang, Jonghee. Generalizations of solid inflation. Sponsor: Alberto Nicolis.

Political Science
Blankenship, Brian. Promises under pressure: Reassurance and burden-sharing in asymmetric alliances. Sponsor: Robert Jervis.

Dolan, Lindsay. The politics of classification in global development. Sponsor: Jack Snyder.

Rubin, Michael. Rebel territorial control, governance, and political accountability in civil war: Evidence from the Communist insurgency in the Philippines. Sponsor: Virginia Page Fortna.

Spry, Amber. Identity in American politics: A multidimensional approach to study and measurement. Sponsor: Donald Green.

Zelizer, Adam. Learning about the issues: The rise of caucuses and decline of formal institutions in acquiring policy information. Sponsor: Gregory Wawro.

Social Work
O'Hara, Kathleen. "My work belies my mental illness": The motivation for and impacts of mental health advocacy among individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Sponsor: Ellen Lukens.

Sociology
Dern, Nathan. Adults at play: Gender performance in improv comedy theater. Sponsor: Shamus Khan.

Lee, Byungkyu. Networks in polarized times: What Americans talk about, with whom and when? Sponsor: Peter Bearman.

TC / Anthropology and Education
Lee, JungMin. Elite reproduction of Korean Yuhaksaeng in top-ranked American universities. Sponsor: Herve Varenne.

TC / Applied Behavior Analysis
Cameron, Katharine. The effects of a behavioral momentum blending intervention on the accuracy of textual and spelling responses emitted by preschool students with blending difficulties. Sponsor: Douglas Greer.

Frank, Madeline. The effect of bidirectional and unidirectional naming on learning in new ways and the relation between bidirectional naming and basic relational concepts for preschool students. Sponsor: Douglas Greer.

Greer, Ashley. Vocal and nonvocal verbal behavior between mothers and their children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Sponsor: Douglas Greer.

Morgan, Georgette. An experimental analysis of bidirectional naming and the establishment of arbitrary and non-arbitrary relational responses. Sponsor: Douglas Greer.

TC / Behavioral Nutrition
Alvarez, Cristina. Mexicans’ consumption of taxed sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and psychosocial determinants of consumption in the context of the 2014 SSB tax. Sponsor: Isobel Contento.

Arad, Avigdor. Advancing the use of exercise testing as a tool to access whole-body substrate selectivity and metabolic function in individuals at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Sponsor: Isobel Contento.

TC / Clinical Psychology
Cheng, Bryan. Adolescent depression and suicidality in the USA: A look at YRBS profiles and health risk behaviors as predictors in the past 10 years. Sponsor: Helen Verdeli.

TC / Cognitive Studies in Education
Almeda, Ma. Victoria. When practice does not make perfect: Differentiating between productive and unproductive persistence. Sponsor: Ryan Baker.

Cesarano, Melissa. Implicit theories of emotion and social judgment. Sponsor: John Black.

Jiang, Yang. Development of self-regulated learning skills within open-ended computer-based learning environments for science. Sponsor: Ryan Baker.

Malkiewich, Laura. The effects of goals and contrasting cases on learning and transfer from an engineering design task. Sponsor: Catherine Chase.

Uscianowski, Colleen. How parents supports early numeracy development during shared math storybook reading. Sponsor: Herbert Ginsburg.

TC / Comparative and International Education
Allen, Ryan. Global forces, local perceptions: Measuring the normalization effects of university rankings in China. Sponsor: Oren Pizmony-Levy.

TC / Counseling Psychology
Hernandez, Elizabeth. Undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic: Exploring the role of activism in DACAmented Latinas/os/x' thwarted transition to adulthood. Sponsor: Marie Miville.

Walker, Amelia. Development and initial validation of the disavowal of racial bias scale(DRB). Sponsor: George Gushue.

TC / Developmental Psychology
Arvidsson, Toi Sin. Individualized scaffolding of scientific reasoning development complementing teachers with an auto-agent. Sponsor: Deanna Kuhn.

Morin, Marisa. The longitudinal effects of unintended pregnancy on maternal mental health and parenting behaviors. Sponsor: Jeanne Brooks-Gunn.

TC / Educational Leadership
Nitkin, David. Technology-based personalization: Instructional reform in five public schools. Sponsor: Douglas Ready.

Saunders, Chelsey. How to teach, lead, and live well. A qualitative in-depth interview study with eight North Carolina teacher-leaders. Sponsor: Eleanor Drago-Severson.

TC / Educational Policy
Lahr, Hana. Policymaking for college completion: How foundations make decisions about their education agendas. Sponsor: Kevin Dougherty.

TC / English Education
Alikhani, Maryam. Technical poetry: Teaching technical writing to engineering students through poetry and metaphors. Sponsor: Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz.

DuBose, Brennan. Making room: Creating space for Black boy's to tell their own stories. Sponsor: Ernest Morrell.

Falkner, Adam. A poet's room: Troubling tolerance, cultural ruptures & the dialogic curriculum. Sponsor: Ernest Morrell.

Gregory, Christian. Lecture, teacher talk, and discourse: A historiography of classroom talk. Sponsor: Ruth Vinz.

Kobrin, Jeffrey. The story of the moral. Sponsor: Ruth Vinz.

Markiewicz, Agnieszka. For fake internet points: Examination of college student literacy practices in online asynchronous discussion spaces. Sponsor: Ernest Morrell.

Pirsch, Moira. It's lit: A critical qualitative case study on Hip Hop education, spirituality and race. Sponsor: Ernest Morrell.

Scanlon, Patrick. Fastened from the start: Inquiry and the poetics of attention. Sponsor: Ruth Vinz.

TC / Kinesiology
Nosrat, Sanaz. Acute effects of resistance exercise intensity in a depressed HIV sample: The exercise for people who are immunocompromised (EPIC) study. Sponsor: Joseph Ciccolo.

TC / Mathematics Education
Yuan, Hong. Modes of aquisition of Shanghai mathematics teachers' pedagogical content knowledge within communities of practice. Sponsor: Erica Walker.

TC / Measurement and Evaluation
Muller, Eric. Diagnostic classification modeling of rubric-scored constructed-response items. Sponsor: James Corter.

TC / Physical Disabilities
Arora, Sonia. Quality and quantity of language input and its relation to the language outcomes of preschool children with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language. Sponsor: Ye Wang.

Rufsvold, Ronda. The impact of language input on deaf and hard-of-hearing preschool children who use listening and spoken language. Sponsor: Ye Wang.

TC / Politics and Education
Abrams, Samuel. 521 Fifth Avenue: The corporate makeover of education and its limits. Sponsor: Jeffrey Henig.

TC / School Psychology
Song, Vivian. An examination of note review and the testing effect on test performance. Sponsor: Stephen Peverly.

TC / Science Education
Asamani, Gifty. "Science ain't the enemy": Exploring the dimensions of Hip-Hop based science programs for urban Black/Brown girls. Sponsor: Christopher Emdin.

Hopkins, Kristina. Applications of the nature of science to teacher pedagogy through the situation of neuroscience within the context of daily classroom practice. Sponsor: Christopher Emdin.

TC / Social-Organizational Psychology
Catenacci-Francois, Lauren. An examination of learning agility & perceptions of psychological safety on performance. Sponsor: W. Warner Burke.

Pegues, DeMarcus. Professional and petty: An investigation into the social and individual conditions that promote instigated acts of workplace incivility between Black professionals. Sponsor: Peter Coleman.

TC / Speech and Language Pathology
Freeman, Ena. Phonovibratory influences from offset to onset in repeated phonation: A study of sung gestures using high-speed digital imaging. Sponsor: John Saxman.

Levinson, Lisa. Neural correlates of early-stage visual processing differences in developmental dyslexia. Sponsor: Karen Froud.

DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED

Art History and Archaeology
Bartel, Jens. Style, space and meaning in the large-scale landscape paintings of Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795).

Biomedical Engineering
Wang, Yi. Cochlear amplification and cochlear mechanics.

Computer Science
Yuan, Xinhao. Effective detection and prevention of concurrency bugs.

Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Mejia, David. Bourgeoisie and masculinity: An intellectual dispute in the Spanish realist novel (1875-1890).

Materials Science and Engineering
Banerjee, Soham. Discrete cluster modeling of nanoparticle cores.

Cao, Wei. Study of spin dynamics in magnetic heterostructures using ferromagnetic resonance.

Philosophy
Cabezas Gamarra, César. Structural racism and the explanation of durable racial inequality.

Cullen, Conor. 'Only a God can save us': On the religious dimension of human life.

Rogach, Natalia. Educating the democratic character: Dewey's "Democracy and Education".

Political Science
Magiya, Yusuf. Limited threat of war and state building: A modified bellicist theory.

Ragazzoni, David. Partisanship before parties: Parts, factions, and the ethics of taking side, in theory and practice.

Resnick, Laura. The military myth: Modern warfare and the changing character of civil-military relations.

Psychology
Vuorre, Matti. Using visual illusions to examine actions' impact on perception.

Religion
Rahman, Ebadur. Alusi as a nineteenth century Sufi: Engaging with allusory readings of the Qur'an, Ibn 'Arabi and Sufi tariqas.